City introduces youth basketball league

The city of Sandy Springs Recreation and Parks Department will introduce its first youth basketball league in January.

Four local elementary schools will serve as host sites for practices and games. Games may also be played at Sandy Springs Middle School.

Registration for the youth basketball program is open through December for boys and girls in second through fifth grades. Practice begins in early January.

The cost for youth basketball is $25. Scholarships are available upon request.

To register, visit or apply in person at Hammond Park offices, 705 Hammond Dr.

There are more athletic programs in the works like soccer, lacrosse, wrestling, kickball, volleyball and a sports camp in early June.

City sees most housing permits in two years

Twelve single family detached residential permits have been filed with the city of Sandy Springs Community Development department in the past month, signaling a trend upward in building in Sandy Springs. The permits were filed in two dormant or inactive residential developments: Stratford Manor in District 1 and Northland Oaks in District 5.

“This is the single, biggest application in new housing starts in the city in two years,” Community Development Director Nancy Leathers said. “This is a sign that someone is lending and people are starting to build. We are happy that Sandy Springs is at the center is this movement.”

All city permit applications are available at, under the Community Development Department. Fee schedules are also available.